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ActiveExit 17.3 released

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March 25, 2017.

A new version 17.3 of ActiveExit is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections, such as:

  • It's now possible to use the ActiveExit configuration utility to save the settings directly to the Group Policy objects (GPO), without the use of the administrative template file.
  • It's now possible to monitor the CPU activity level, in addition to the keyboard or the mouse.
  • The monitoring of the Remote Desktop Connection users is no longer offered.
  • Several other minor improvements and corrections have been made.

As usual, ActiveExit is free for the home users. For the business customers, the trial version of ActiveExit comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your ActiveExit license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

Troubleshooting the upgrade of ActiveExit

If you've installed ActiveExit 17.3 on a computer that used to have an earlier version of ActiveExit previously installed, you may encounter the following issue: when running the ActiveExit configuration utility, all entry boxes are grayed out and pressing the Apply button results in a message asking you to use the Group Policy manager instead.

If this computer is a part of a domain that is indeed managed via Group Policy then you should follow the advice and continue managing the ActiveExit settings on the server using a GPO.

If, however, this is a stand-alone computer not connected to a domain network, then you could resolve this issue as follows:

  • Close ActiveExit configuration utility and run Registry Editor (regedit.exe);
  • Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/WinAbility;
  • Delete the key ActiveExit under this key;
  • Close Registry Editor and run ActiveExit configuration utility again. Now you should be able to edit the settings and apply them to the computer.

If the above does not resolve the issue, please contact us for further assistance.

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Compare ActiveExit to WINEXIT

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Microsoft Windows Resource Kit includes the winexit utility, that can be set up as a screen saver that can automatically logoff the user after a set period of inactivity, similarly to what ActiveExit does. If you are contemplating using winexit instead of ActiveExit, consider the following:

  • winexit replaces the user's screensaver with its own, while ActiveExit does not require that: ActiveExit does not rely on the screen saver functionality in any way. With ActiveExit, users are free to choose their own screen savers without disabling the auto-logoff functionality.
  • For winexit to operate properly, you must configure the appropriate permissions to modify the machine-specific part of the registry, possibly compromising the security of the computer (see Microsoft Support Article 156677 for the details).
  • winexit does not always logoff the user properly, especially if the user has locked the screen before leaving. Instead of logging off, winexit may just create a blank screen, requiring a hard reboot of the workstation to return to the desktop. ActiveExit can log off the users even if their screens are locked or disconnected from the server.
  • winexit may not work for the restricted users. ActiveExit, on the other hand, can log off both the restricted users and administrators.
  • winexit does not have any built-in way of excluding certain user accounts (such as the administrators) from being logged off. ActiveExit allows you to specify which users or user groups should or should not be logged off after inactivity. ActiveExit supports both the local and Active Directory domain accounts and groups.
  • And more! Please refer to ActiveExit User's Guide for more information on what ActiveExit has to offer.

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A major update to ActiveExit released

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A new version 10.8 of ActiveExit is available now!

This is a complete rewrite of this software. If you’ve used an older version of ActiveExit, and are considering an upgrade, you may want to review the new User’s Guide to see what ActiveExit is now. You will notice many differences: we’ve simplified the user interface and removed many secondary functions, such as the allowed use schedule, the password protection, the taskbar icon, and so on. If you were relying on ActiveExit for such functions, hold on to the previous version that you already have.

The good news is that ActiveExit now works much better performing the main function it was designed for: to automatically log off users after a period of their inactivity. Here are some of the improvements in the new version:

  • ActiveExit now works with Windows 7 and Vista
  • ActiveExit now supports Windows Servers 2008 and 2003 (including the R2 versions)
  • ActiveExit can now log off automatically even the Remote Desktop users
  • ActiveExit now supports Active Directory and Group Policy
  • ActiveExit now supports unattended installations and updates
  • ActiveExit is now FREE for personal use!

Give the new ActiveExit a try!